The ability to foster the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language skills is an imperative at the CIA because of the global nature our intelligence gathering efforts. Individuals with superior language skills can contribute to our mission of protecting America through research, examining foreign media and teaching critical language skills to others within the agency. It is an opportunity to leverage your unique skills through a meaningful career for the good of the nation.
Are you looking for an exciting and challenging cooperative or graduate studies experience? Consider employment with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an undergraduate or graduate student.
Applications for Summer 2008 employment will be accepted until 1 November 2007. Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be sent 6-9 months before the desired start date.
The CIA offers the following programs for students:
Our co-op program seeks motivated undergraduate students pursuing degrees in a variety of liberal arts degree programs to work as Open Source Officers (OSO). OSOs are the Intelligence Community`s foreign media experts. They use foreign language and area knowledge to review and assess foreign open media sources, which include Internet sites, newspapers, press agencies, television, radio and specialized publications. OSOs collect intelligence from these media and deliver high-impact products to policymakers, negotiators, military planners, and analysts throughout the US foreign affairs community. Undergraduate co-ops will use their foreign language skills and area knowledge to contribute to the drafting of informational and analytic products; edit translated materials for grammatical accuracy; and to conduct foreign website searches.
Minimum qualifications: Students should be enrolled in a bachelor`s degree program in area studies, international relations, political science, economics, journalism, history, communications, sociology, anthropology, counterproliferation, language or other liberal arts discipline. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Advanced level foreign language reading and comprehension skills, excellent English language skills, strong critical thinking/analytic skills, and well-developed Internet searching skills are also needed.
Students selected for this program are often attending academic institutions with established cooperative education programs, though not exclusively. You will work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and are expected to spend a minimum of three semesters or four quarters (this can include a summer tour) on the job prior to graduation. The undergraduate co-op program provides increasingly challenging assignments that are commensurate with your academic training and individual ability to assume additional responsibility.
To be considered for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.
Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.